4. January 2009 15:26
Isn't Christmas fun? and New Years? and isn't all the holiday hubbub exhausting?
As much as I hate to admit it, its nice to be back to a regular routine again... Some people find January cold and dark and boring, but I think this year, that means perfect circumstances for me to stay in, get cozy, and stay comfy on the couch. This year's homemade Christmas gifts went over well enough that I think I will try and get a move on early, and finish up a few presents that I can give away next year to some of the more difficult to buy for family members. Yarn is ordered, patterns chosen. Maybe I'll stay organized this year? who knows.
On the Knitting frontier... I finally got around to testing out those Lantern Moon Double Pointed Needles I bought when I was on Vacation in Las Vegas back in November. I'm not exactly sure why it took me so long to whip them out, but quite an unexpected change from the boring old steel needles from Walmart that I have been accustomed to.
Specifically, I am using size US 0 / 2 mm Ebony Double Pointed 6 inch needles (you can see all of Lantern Moon's products here) paired up with the Chocolatey Brown Cascade Heritage Sock yarn I also bought while I was away.
First Impression: Wow these things are bendy compared to steel needles! In fact I was a little afraid at first that I would break them, because they felt so malleable in my hands. Think of skewering firm vegetables for kabobs in the summertime... those skewers feel pretty weak, but are actually stronger than they feel. After knitting a few rows, I think I learned to hold them a little bit differently, because the initial fear of toothpick-snapping passed.
Second Impression: Warm and Cozy. I never really noticed just how COLD metal needles are. While I was working on my first toe, I grabbed a spare metal needle sitting on the coffee table to use to untie a knot in my foundation crochet chain, and there was a noticable Chill to it, whereas the ebony needles always feel warm, and natural. I suppose that coolness is to be expected from a bare metal product, but the awareness of it is news to me. Also, these things are as light as a feather. The whole set of 5 ebony needles is quite light compared with a similar sized steel needle. I noticed no rough areas on any of the 5 needles, and felt Zero catching on the soft Merino Sock yarn. The points were not excessive, but sufficient to do some lace stitches with no problems. I am not sure I would want to do any tight knitting or complicated stitch work with them at this point though, because of the bendy nature, I would be afraid to put too much pressure on them. I am also afraid of breaking them in my purse (c'mon... don't most people carry some sort of knitting project with them at all times? geez.)
So once I got over the basic fear of breaking essentially a 5$ toothpick (a set of 5 DPN's retails for a little over 22$USD compared with the same sized steel needles from a department store retailling at around 3-5 $ a set) I think I am really going to enjoy the switch.. though affording a set of every size may take some saving up. At this point, I have a set or two of virtually every size in Steel collected! The only real issue I see with the Lantern Moon Needles is the durability of the product for the cost. There are no retaillers in my direct area that sell this product, so I am limited to local purchases of steel or bamboo needles, or mail ordering or buying on the internet, and snail mail is definetly too slow if you want to start a new project this upcoming weekend.
Final Rating - 2 Thumbs Up!
Anyhoo! That's the scoop for today! Being at work at the Hospital all weekend has made me crave an evening of TV watching and spinning/knitting, which I will be heading off to do really really soon. 1 hour to go!
Happy "Kn"ew Year